About the Book
We present you: A new agile book with many exercises for facilitating retrospectives, supported with the “what” and “why” of retrospectives, the business value and benefits that they bring, and advice for introducing and improving retrospectives.
This is a book for agile coaches, scrum masters, project managers, product managers and facilitators who already have some experience with retrospectives.
With this book we are offering a half year of our work to the community to help teams all over the world to get better in doing retrospectives.
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Ben Linders & Luis Gonçalves
About the authors
During the years we have conducted many different kinds of retrospectives. We think that practicing different exercises helps to develop your own personal toolbox with retrospective exercises and get more value out of them
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Strategic software delivery consultant
"People tasked with facilitating team retrospectives, such as agile coaches or Scrum masters, will benefit the most from the book as it contains several great ideas for organising and troubleshooting retrospectives. "
Agile testing coach and practitioner
"Try the exercises in this book whether your team is new to retrospectives, new to agile in general, or quite experienced with agile and retros but in need of a refreshing change."
Editor of Software Development Books and Methods & Tools
"This is a book that I naturally recommend to every people that has to run retrospectives, but also to every project manager that wants to facilitate meetings to solve issues in software development projects."
Agile Coach and trainer at VX Company
"Handig, alles bij elkaar in een boekje. Heb ‘m meteen gedownload. Ben, bedankt!"
Author of Lean Change Management
"I just finished this book, it's a must-have reference guide for any facilitator, not just Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches. What sets this book apart is that each section has a "when to use this technique" and detailed instructions for how to do it. "
Program Director (Market) at Envato, blogs at Scrumage.com
"(...) hit this little beauty – Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives by Luis Gonçalves and Ben Linders. It’s a really quick read full of ideas to mix it up in your retrospectives."
Mirella de Vries
Product Owner / Informatieanalist at IT&Care BV
"I was looking for a practical guide with a short introduction on restrospectives and lots of examples which I could use during our retrospectives. I found it all in this book!"
Principal Engineer and ScrumMaster at Fitbit and Editor at Techwell
"Skim the book to get a sense of what’s there, and then use it as a reference as you plan your next retrospective. (...) This book will help you keep your retrospectives fresh."
Senior Lean Agile Coach
"This is an interesting book to understand and perform Retrospectives for Agile Teams. Highly recommended for Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches."
Agile & Scrum Coach
"This book is great! Every ScrumMaster and Agile Coach should have it on his bookshelf. You can get many practicable ideas for conducting retrospectives from this book. And it is really easily accessible."
Lead Consultant (ALM, Agile)
"Great hands-on book with multiple techniques, tools, aims and all in a very hands-on manner."
PMO consultant at NN Group
"a must read for scrum masters, agile coaches and project managers to assure that their retrospectives get the attention they need to get the most out of them as well as expanding their toolbox."
Table of Contents
- What Is an Agile Retrospective?
- Why Do We Do Retrospectives?
- Business Value of Agile Retrospectives
- Pre-Requirements for Retrospectives
- Designing a Retrospective
- Asking Questions
- One-Word Retrospective
- Car Brand
- Happiness Index
- Five Times Why
- Team Assessment Survey
- Strengths-Based Retrospective
- High Performance Tree
- Value Stream Mapping
- Retrospective of Retrospectives
- Benefits of Retrospectives
- Adopting Agile Retrospectives
- A Retrospectives Book in Your Language
- Develop Your Agile Retrospective Facilitation Skills
- Valuable Agile Retrospectives
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